Rotary and Food Banks at COVID-19 time

Fri 1st January 2021 at 7.00 pm - Wed 31st March 2021 - 9.00 pm

Members of the Rotary Club of Thame and District have continued to work with other Rotary clubs in the Thames Valley in an initiative to support the funding of local food banks.

Rotary support for food banks in the UK

Rotary Clubs in the Thames Valley Rotary District raised together over £288 k towards local food banks

Members of the Rotary Club of Thame and District have continued to work with other Rotary clubs in the Thames Valley in an initiative to support the funding of local food banks, like other Rotary Club members across the UK. 

With the current COVID-19 lockdown since March 2020, Rotary club members have not met physically for dinner. A former Rotary Thames Valley District Governor, Joy Arnott, had the idea to grab this opportunity and recommend donating the unspent dinner money towards local food banks. Thame & District Rotarians responded overwhelmingly to this initiative by raising over £2,500 so far by the end of December 2020. The grand total raised by the 50 or so Rotary Clubs in the Thames Valley was well over … drum roll … £288,000… so far. 

Howard Webb, Thame Rotary President, was delighted by this achievement and said: “All our Rotary members are very proud to know that their continuing donations to the local food banks are being used to such good effect.”

7 new members joined Phoenix Community Club - offspring of Thame Rotary - since the start of the pandemic

During the time of the pandemic, Rotary Club of Thame & District and Phoenix Community Club members have continued supporting the local community, have been meeting safely online and have been welcoming 7 new members since March 2020. Two people from Thame - who attended the Rotary Unplugged online event in January - joined the Phoenix Community Club later last month. The clubs’ doors are largely open to welcome new volunteer members. 

To find out more about the Rotary Club of Thame & District or Phoenix Community Club or how to join, please visit www.thame.rotary1090.org or www.facebook.com/thamerotary or www.facebook.com/phoenixcommunityclubthame